Finding a Safe Environment for Your Baby as a Homeless Birth Mother
Finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant can be a jarring experience. It is totally understandable that you may be unsure about what to do next. However, dealing with the emotional and physical effects of a pregnancy while homeless is endlessly difficult. Adoption is a wonderful choice when you are unable to provide the child with the quality of life that it deserves. As a birth mother considering adoption, there are many resources available to you.
Finding a Home
Unfortunately, many people in the United States are suffering from homelessness. However, as a pregnant woman, it is unsafe to not have a stable housing environment. You need to be able to guarantee safety for the baby you’re carrying.
Fortunately, Adoption Choices of Colorado is happy to help you apply for affordable housing should your situation require it. We are also happy to pay your rent during the timespan of your pregnancy, and immediately following your delivery. We want to lift the burden of finding a home for you for the time being. You should be able to carry your baby to term in a place where you both are going to feel safe and comfortable. That is doing the best that you can for your child. Assistance like this allows you to have a safe environment for your baby, which leads to a healthier pregnancy.
If you are experiencing homelessness, there is a predisposition of financial struggle. That kind of limitation can make it really hard to have a healthy pregnancy. Finding the resources that would help you can be extremely tricky, and an uncertain living situation can certainly limit you. Fortunately, Adoption Choices of Colorado does not only help with rent and living situations. They are also happy to help you with food, phone bills, utilities, and other sundries. We understand how challenging it is to be pregnant, and to be potentially searching for work and a safe environment for your baby.
We are also happy to assist you with doctors appointments. One of the first steps to a healthy pregnancy is ensuring that you have proper prenatal care. Without the proper screenings and check-ups, there can potentially be medical problems that could become dangerous for both you and the baby. We are happy to organize your prenatal appointments, as well as escort you to any hospital visits that may be deemed necessary. They can also help you apply for food stamps, drive you to your doctors appointments, and help you apply for Medicaid. Medical expenses that are not covered by the state or by insurance are covered by the adoptive family. If you are experiencing homelessness, these kinds of initiatives could be a godsend.
Looking Towards the Future
While your pregnancy may come to an end when your baby is born, it doesn’t mean that your adoption journey does. Returning to your home post birth and delivery can be a very emotional time. This is natural and to be expected. We offer free counseling for such a time as this — as well as throughout the entire process. If he is interested, your child’s birth father can also meet with a counselor if he needs emotional support.
From pregnancy to the aftermath of the adoption, we have trained professionals who can help you take care of your mental health. To place a child in an adoptive home can often be extremely heartbreaking. With the added pressure of experiencing homelessness, mental health and morale need to be maintained. We will never belittle or underestimate the experiences that you’ve had, and we would love to offer our understanding and support in a professional capacity.
Education and Career
With some financial strain taken off your shoulders, that opens the door for you to consider some possibilities for your future. A safe roof over your head and the bills being paid allows you the time and energy to look towards making that situation permanent. Now you can pursue what’s necessary to further all aspects of your life. We are happy to help you apply to different areas of education or to help you apply to a new job. We anticipate how challenging an unplanned pregnancy can be, so we want to ensure that you have aid in all areas of your life, and that you will be safe and stable in the aftermath of your child’s placement.
However, an academic education isn’t the only thing you may potentially be gaining. The emotional experience of placing a child for adoption is an education unto itself. There are many birth mothers who have told their stories of grief, and coping with placing a child for adoption. They are amazing resources and they understand in ways only those who’ve been where you are can. Adoption Choices is happy to recommend some excellent reading material, for birth mothers written by birth mothers.
Here to Help
It can be easy to doubt yourself if you are a homeless person who is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. There is so much that you are unclear about in regards to your own life, let alone the life of a child. If you make the decision to place your child for adoption because you feel like you cannot provide it with the life it deserves, that doesn’t mean you cannot keep it safe and healthy during the pregnancy. If your baby is safely placed into a home with a loving adoptive family then you have done the best you can for your child.
Choosing adoption does not mean the end of a relationship with your baby, but it does mean that your child will be safe and loved. Hopefully, you will also be able to move into a situation where you can say the same about yourself.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Call us: 720-371-1099, Call or Text us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.
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